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It is a story of be there at the start. SMB Nation and StorageCraft were connected in our younger days. StorageCraft was just starting and SMB Nation was moving from the "crawal" to the "walk" stage. In a sense we grew up together. 


In this recent interview at an industry conference (NexGen), I check-in with Mark Baird,

Pinch me but it’s true. I’ve been covering IBM for over a decade at its annual partner events, the retired LotusSphere and now THINK. My job is to make sure two audiences keep IBM top-of-mind for what I feel it does best: Analytics,

Long-time technology channel executive Rob Spee reached out late last year while I was skiing on holiday break to connect on his new podcast series. Spee is a thinking man and this thoughtful interview draws out a few key themes that are central to my mission as a “guide-by-the-side” MSP motion.

A last fond look on Tech Tuesday (Northwest Digital News) at the recently completed IBM PartnerWorld and THINK 2019 combo conference. special mention of IBM diversity

Long-time SMB Nation member Frank Ohlhorst, respected analyst and test labber (he is still very technical), shares deep insights into the IBM Think 2019 conference.  You’ll be treated to thoughts on the IBM managed security services provider (MSSP) program elevating traditional managed services providers (MSP). Follow that with a tip of the hat to Watson and AI. And we end talking blockchain.

We seek to lead by example. Technology professionals know the transformation motion well to stay current and relevant. With the startup/start over mentality in our community building efforts, we are proud to announce the launch of Microsoft 365 Nation (M365nation)!

What is M365nation?

Independent. First and foremost we are an outside-looking-in community of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 enthusiasts who provide you deep independent insights and visibility into a 365 world.   

Sometimes you have to raise your head from the traditional SMB managed services provider world (trees) to see the forest. IBM has deftly asserted itself in the partner security realm with an at-market Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) program unlike I've seen from other major players.

I recently hooked up with serial entrepreneur Michael Fraser about his new platform play Refactr. He’s committed to brining devops to the SMB Nation community whereby you could offer Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to your customers.

We’ve struck a nerve in the SMB Nation community with our “How To” series and we’re thankful for your overwhelming support! That said, we going to continue to stream out resources you can use to improve your lot in life as a managed services providers (MSP). And I got a secret – even experienced MSPs should revisit adding on this CompTIA certification.

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SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford

 After a decade of research, Harry has updated his Rules of 12 from the infamous "SMB Consulting Best Practices" to offer a refreshed set of guiding principles.